Le Monal via Le Clou

Sainte Foy

Tarentaise

A gorgeous, gentle introduction to backcountry skiing, the route to Le Monal is a lovely journey back in time through stunning scenery.

Freeride Skiing Easy

Distance
7.3 km
Ascent
148 m
Descent
1.1 km
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.6 km
Gradient
52˚
Le Monal via Le Clou Map

From the top of the Aiguille chair, continue straight into the wide open south-facing bowl. Because of the southern aspect, the snow transforms well in the spring. On the gentle ride down, skiers pass a small alpine lake, and a small hamlet called Le Clou.

Description

Continuing down the valley until you reach Le Monal, a stunning little 18th-century farming hamlet, skiers then bear right along a small path- Chemin de l'Echaillon- back through the forest to rejoin the ski area of Sainte Foy.

The long, sometimes quite flat route is not well-suited to snowboarders, although in good snow conditions a steeper, shorter, trickier route wiggles its way between rocky outcrops, accessed by hiking the ridge to the south-west from the start. Route finding varies depending on snow conditions so the route should only be undertaken with someone who knows the way.

Difficulty

Easy

Wide gentle slopes at around 20 degrees or less.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

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